Frankum 'queen of green' again

STU PIDDINGTON
Last updated 05:00 03/04/2014
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CHAMPION AGAIN: Kia Toa's Mata Frankum prevailed 21-15 over Timaru Town and Country Club's Cathy Richards in the final of the champion of champions women's singles at the Kia Toa Bowling Club yesterday.

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Kia Toa's in-form Mata Frankum cruised to her 23rd centre title in taking out the champion of champions singles title.

Up against Timaru Town and Country Club's Cathy Richards, Frankum proved too tough on her home green, winning 21-15. She shot out to an early 8-0 lead, courtesy of a four on the third end.

Frankum then went up 12-1 before Richards had a minor fightback, clawing her way to 12-8.

But Frankum was in no mood to be beaten and scored another four on the 13th end and was untouchable at 20-10 by the 15th.

Frankum said she was delighted to be again crowned singles queen.

''Singles is my favourite game, there is no to blame or rely on.''

She was unsure how many champion of champions singles titles it was but thought it was about  the seven centre ones she had. Frankum has been playing for 18 years, after being cajoled by her husband Mike to play when he was desperate for a partner.

''I was happy watching, I enjoyed that for six years.''

Since then she hasn't looked back and the only centre titles in the Frankum household are hers.

Frankum also won her semifinal comfortably over Waimate's Liz Law by a similar score.

The organisers had to consult their rule book as Frankum is a member of both the Waimate and Kia Toa clubs.

She won both club single titles but opted to play for Kia Toa, and there was some doubt whether the runner-up in Waimate was eligible to play.

In was a good day for Kia Toa with Sharon Leonard winning the junior title against Fairlie's Lynda Gallagher 21-15.

Gallagher looked in the box seat but dropped fours on the 20th and 21st end.

She was unlucky when she hit the jack the first time, gifting Leonard the four but the Kia Toa bowler showed the composure when it mattered most.

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- The Timaru Herald

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